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Sikh and broader Cleveland community unite after Wisconsin tragedy

Sikh and broader Cleveland community
unite after Wisconsin tragedy
Sikh Gurdwara in Richfield Ohio
August 12, 2012

The tragedy of the senseless and evil shooting of worshippers at the Oak Creek Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara united Sikhs and non-Sikhs across the country. The Greater Cleveland community showed support at a special service on Sunday August 12, 2012 at the Sikh Gurdwara in Richfield Ohio, the first Gurdwara in the state of Ohio.

The Gurdwara was overflowing (700 people?) with Sikhs and non-Sikh supporters.

Crowd at Sikh Gurdwara in Cleveland

Ratanjit Singh Sondhe, Chairman Board of Trustees, and Gurcharan Singh, Secretary, Guru Nanak Foundation of Greater Cleveland made their opening remarks and handed over the microphone to Jusleen Sodhiwal the Master of Ceremony for the event.

Ratanjit Singh Sondhe at podium

Ratanjit Singh Sondhe



Gurcharan Singh gave an overview of What is Sikhism

Gurcharan Singh

Gurcharan Singh



Next, the the victims of the Oak Creek Wisconsin tragedy were identified and remembered.



Sikh Coalition Advocate Jusleen Sodiwal spoke and told of recent events and available support for current and future issues.

Sikh Coalition Advocate Jusleen Sodiwal

Jusleen Kaur



Jusleen Kaur, Sikh Coalition Advocate


Ohio Lt Governor Mary Taylor spoke next.

Ohio Lt Governor Mary Taylor

Ohio Lt Governor Mary Taylor



Ohio Lt Governor Mary Taylor


Senator Sherrod Brown spoke next.

Senator Sherrod Brown

US Senator Sherrod Brown



Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine addressed the attendees via President of Asian Indian Alliance Vinny Gupta's speaker phone with a special message for the Sikhs of Ohio that his doors are always open to address issues that cause hindrance to their life style.



Richfield Mayor Bobbie Beshara spoke next.

Richfield Mayor Bobbie Beshara

Richfield Mayor Bobbie Beshara



Members of other faiths and organizations spoke next.

Page 2 of the Richfield Ohio Gurdwara service for the Oak Creek victims
Other faiths and organizations

Page 3 of the Richfield Ohio Gurdwara service for the Oak Creek victims
Faces in the Crowd

Sikh Gurdwara in Richfield Ohio - Photos
Historical marker of the first Gurdwara in the state of Ohio.


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